It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found again. Luke 15:32 NKJV
A man had two sons. The younger asked for his inheritance. The father divided his wealth among them. The younger son went off and squandered his inheritance.
He returned asking only to be treated like a servant. The father told his servants to dress him in a fine robe, put sandals on his feet and a ring on his finger.
The father called for the fatted calf to be slaughtered so the family could celebrate. The older son heard music. He became angry and refused to go in to the house.
His father pleaded with him saying; “son you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found.”
The older brother was given his inheritance. Why was he so angry? He may have been unhappy serving his father. He may have thought he deserved more. He may even have been jealous of his brother.
Our prodigal returned several times. He returned to the vomit of sin again and again. The Prodigal of the Bible did not just return home. He returned to the blessing and provision of His Father. He returned to safety. His return required trust and obedience.
He had to trust the benefits of obedience to his father outweighed the benefits of wild living. He had to trust in his father’s love. He had to submit to His father’s authority.
We do not know if the older brother came into agreement with the father. He may have felt like the years of service he gave his father were unappreciated. He may have remained angry and bitter.
The father received his son with joy and thanksgiving. He believed his son was truly repentant, why? Why did the father believe his son was willing to place himself back under his authority? They had a history of living in a loving relationship with each other.
If you’re prodigal returned and went back to sin trust God to give you wisdom and compassion. Trust God to bring healing wholeness and restoration into your family.
If you have served God in obscurity do not feel unappreciated. God will reward you for your faithfulness. If you have squandered your blessing in the far off land of “loose living” return to the House of the Lord. The Lord will receive you with joy and thanksgiving.
The Father is waiting to receive each of us back into His blessing and protection!
Return to the Father’s loving arms today. Tomorrow may be too late!
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